2018年09月28日

Young and older helping

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers well next week it will be October time really is racing by, Autumn is in the air. It's a beautiful season and the changing colours are wonderful to see. In London we're lucky to have many parks and open spaces so we're able to see the changes in the natural world without having to travel too far.
Our news is still dominated by Brexit negotiations so many experts giving so many different points of view it's hard to listen to. So when these two stories were in the news it was a joy to read about positive people.
The older man, Terry Laureen a retired teacher has become a regular volunteer at the Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay over the last year. The Sanctuary is set up like a cat cafe,with sprawling arm chairs and the bird channel on loop on television specialises in looking after, rehabilitating and rehoming cats with disabilities and special care needs who would be at risk of being put down elsewhere. Terry, goes to the Sanctuary almost daily with his own special brush to groom the cats. He is a cat-lover who travels a lot so he is unable to get one of his own. The cats are delighted to see him, after grooming the cats he takes a catnap with them. All needs being met.
The younger man Jem Stein set up The Bike Project after seeing how much his brother's old bike helped Adam, a Darfuri refugee he mentored at university. He's on a mission to get every refugee in London on a bike!
Having fled persecution and atrocity in their country of origin, most refugees arrive in London with absolutely nothing. A bike helps refugees and asylum-seekers access food banks, legal advice, healthcare, education and much more. The charity doesn't only provide a bike, it also teaches people road safety, gives people safety gear. The staff and volunteers fix bikes and some are sold to the public, the money is put back into the business, to get more bikes for refugees. Many of the refugees when they are settled return to the project to volunteer.

















Two inspiring stories, bloggers have a good week over and out London.
posted by MateoES at 21:21| diary

2018年09月22日

British cuisine

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers there is a very big Japanese presence in England, highly visible in terms of the number of Japanese restaurants and cafes and the influence of Japanese flavours in cooking. Ingredients, that not many years ago could only be sourced at one of the few Japanese shops in London are now freely available in most of our supermarkets. Machalatte are available in coffee shops!! The rise in the popularity has taken place in the last fifteen years.

The popularity of Japanese cuisine has been put down to the presentation and the range of flavours it has to offer. It's never boring. Japan has an abundance of flavours, ranging from sweet miso, salty soy sauce and the wonderful taste yuzu. We are encouraged to eat with our eyes and mouths.

Will British cuisine ever to be able to compete in the Japanese market.
Here are a few, maybe lesser known British culinary delights. Guessing you will be glad to be Japanese:
Black pudding that comes in the shape of a sausage and served in slices usually for breakfast. It is a blood sausage, made by cooking down the blood of usually pigs with meat, fat and a filler often barley, until it is thick enough to become solid when cooled.
Another really popular dish is scotch eggs this is a hard boiled egg wrapped up in sausage meat, dipped in bread crumbs and deep fried. They are usually eaten for a lunch.
Another British delicacy is pies, fruit and savoury a really popular pie is steak and kidney a savoury pie, that is filled principally with a mixture of diced beef and diced kidney,onions and brown gravy.
Well bloggers have these dishes tempted you to get cooking English style!!
Bloggers have a good week keep well over and out London.




















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posted by MateoES at 02:01| diary

2018年09月14日

Japan in England


Hi bloggers well what a tough time you've been having, daily living is hard but extreme weather makes it even more difficult.  So many devastating weather events causing so much disaster and deaths.   We were in a castle garden in Kent and found a plaque dedicated to the earthquake victims of 2011.   It was a surprise to see this sign in a tiny Kent village so far removed from Japan.  The village is called Chiddinghurst it is a Tudor village.  The sign as you can see commemorates the dead and trees were planted.  That seemed such a really lovely thing to have done to think that people remember other people's suffering.  The photos show the five trees that were planted.
Japanese garden have been a huge influence in England in fact many of our gardens and parks across the  UK have a Japanese garden.

A Japanese garden has recently been restored and open now to the public, it was destroyed by vandals in the 1960s.  The garden at Cowden Castle in Clackmannanshire - described as a "jewel in the Forth Valley" - was created in the 1900s by Scottish adventurer, Ella Christie, and one of Japan's first female garden designers, Taki Handa. It indeed looks very beautiful and a definite must on a garden to visit.

A hymn that is taught to children pays homage to the importance of the natural world.


Daisies are our silver,
Buttercups our gold:
This is all the treasure
   We can have or hold.

Raindrops are our diamonds
And the morning dew;
While for shining sapphires
   We’ve the speedwell blue.

These shall be our emeralds-
 Leaves so new and green;
Roses make the reddest
   Rubies ever seen.

Bloggers may you all have a happy peaceful week over and out London.






















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